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[24] For example, Numa is deliberating whether to accept the crown offered him by the Romans. First he considers the general question, “Ought I to be a king?” Then, “Ought I to be king in a foreign state? Ought I to be king at Rome? Are the Romans likely to put up with such a king as myself?” So too in controversial themes. Suppose a brave man to choose another man's wife as his reward. The ultimate species is found in the question whether lie is allowed to choose another man's wife. The general question is whether he should be given whatever he chooses. Next come questions such as whether he can choose his reward from the property of private individuals, whether he [p. 21] can choose a bride as his reward, and if so, whether he can choose one who is already married.

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